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                        Jamie LePage (1953-2002)

There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Sha-Boom tracks; Capitol comments; un-Loved and other notes
           From: Paul Payton 
      3. motown artist
           From: Steve 
      4. Re: Mina
           From: Patrick Rands 
      5. Joe DeShannon
           From: Will George 
      6. Hairspray reviews
           From: David A Young 
      7. Scopitones
           From: Paul Payton 


Message: 1
   Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 13:57:55 -0400
   From: Paul Payton 
Subject: Sha-Boom tracks; Capitol comments; un-Loved and other notes

I've got some catching up to do.

---About the Sha-Boom album, I'm familiar with some of the tracks 
although I've never heard of the label):

BARBARA MASON & GROUP-Dedicated To You - the artist is the singer 
of "Are You Ready" on Arctic, dist. by Jamie. No promises, but 
there may be more info on her at

THE BRIGHTONES-Rumors (Warner Bros. 5472, 1964; wr: Jackson-Wisner; 
"A Jackson-Wisner Production") - as in Jimmy Wisner. It was a slow 
6/8 soul-doowop song on Warner Brothers, actually a flip side; "Swim, 
Swim, Swim" (wr: Bright-Jackson-Wisner; same prod.) was the A-side, 
designed to cash in on Bobby Freeman's success with "The Swim."

ROSIE & GROUP-The Time Is Near - my guess would be Rosie of the 
Originals. You can e-mail and ask her at her site,

THE DELTAIRS-Lullaby Of The Bells (Ivy 45-101, wr: Stansbury; 
arr./prod Al Browne; with Al Browne & his Orchestra) - one of the 
true classic doo-wop songs, produced by Al Browne and release on 
his Ivy label in 1958 or '59. Unusual characteristic: a female 
"bass singer"! These ladies could really harmonize, and this is 
one gorgeous song.

THE ORLONS-Over The Mountain - the Johnnie & Joe doo-wop classic song.

Someone mentioned the on-line store: Agreed - 
"a treasure trove of goodies....most very rare." Problem: can't find 
track listings, especially important for the compilations. However, 
check out their "blow-out blitz" section, including a Pastel Six 
"Cinnamon Cinder" 20-track(!) collection for five bucks!

---Capitol comments:

My two bits on the Beatles in mono-stereo: for diehard collectors, 
the hard stereo - vocals on one side, instruments on the other - 
of the early work makes it a curiosity; the mono mix is the one 
that "works" to these ears.
When the mixes were originally conceived for the stereo experience, 
even if they are "failed experiments," I prefer them in stereo. 
Of course, all the out-takes and permutations are fascinating. 
Incidentally, at WBRU in Providence, we had the original 45 of 
"Penny Lane" with the trumpet ride at the last chord, and always 
played that version; any rendition of the song without it seems 
lacking to me. It was nice to "get it back" on the Rarities

Billy writes: "Sins of the Tower:...not promoting Moon Martin...
enough." Amen, amen, amen. Timeless and true music. I'd love a go 
at their valults to see what wonderful one-offs are there for a comp 
CD, such as The Ross Sisters' "You Still Want Her," The Derringers' 
"Sheree," The Mavricks' "Sugar Babe," Carol Connors' Paris/Teddy 
Bears-ish "Angel My Angel," plus lost sides from hit artists like 
the gorgeous Brian Wilson "Survivors" instrumental "After the Game" 
Wayne Newton's doo-wop "The Real Thing," the Edsels' party-hearty 
"Shake Sherry," and the very original 1952 version of Ferlin Husky 
(recorded as Terry Preston)'s "Gone." Anyone on board from Capitol 
with any pull???

----the "Smile Humour [sic]Page": 

I do find the idea of the Maharishi Vegas Casino somehow appropriate 
to Mr. Love. How sad his current situation undermines his valuable 
contributions to the BBoys.

---Other stuff:

Re: fade-outs, I can't believe the amount of discussion the Gentrys' 
"Keep On Dancin'" has generated; forgive my opinion, but I always 
thought it to be a totally amateurish garage-bubblegum attempt, 
noteworthy only for (1) who was originally in the group and (2) 
the huge change in sound with "Cinnamon Girl." But now I can add (3) 
the interesting dialog it has created here!
Regarding The Rascals' "Good Lovin'" (with the "break" played live 
in the studio - they never lose the beat - demonstrating the power 
of silence), I know Eddie Brigati casually - his ladyfriend and I 
do voice-overs for the same producer. The last time I saw him, he 
was working on some excellent new material. No word of a release, 
though. I'll post if I hear more.

David Ponak: in the Liquid Room I noticed you played Mina. I remember 
a hit by her called "The World We Love oin": or something similar, 
which I thought was in Italian. Any background on this artist, please?

Stewart Mason: thanks for the Flying Pickets website. Reading the bios,
there seems to be only one original Picket left. I'll look around for 
the Yaz(oo) "Only You." Incidentally, Allison Moyet's "Coventry Carol" 
on a Chrismas comp a while back is one of my favorite seasonal tracks 
- totally compelling.

Simon White, thanks for the clarification of my Little Richard post. 
And I second your appeal for the 1972 Reprise album; in my opinion 
it's the best non-Specialty work Richard did.

Vlaovic: what a Beau Marks bio! Thanks....

Re: David Gates - I have "Once Upon A Time" by him on Planetary, later 
done by Wayne Newton. Gates' version is more honest, less "ring-a-ding".

Finally, to the Mark "brothers", Wirtz and Frumento, thank you for the
sampler. You saved the best for last...the final track is transcendent!

And that brings it up to date, so far....

Country Paul

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Message: 3 Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 03:34:28 -0000 From: Steve Subject: motown artist Can anybody give me any info on The San Remo Golden Strings... what they did, LPs and list of songs they did....also were they the band that played for Motown artists? Thanks for your help.... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 16:31:23 -0400 From: Patrick Rands Subject: Re: Mina Paul Payton wrote: > David Ponak: in the Liquid Room I noticed you played Mina. > I remember a hit by her called "The World We Love In": or > something similar, which I thought was in Italian. Any > background on this artist, please? David, I too was confused when I first learned of the modern rock bands named Mina. They have nothing to do with Mina the Italian singer, however. Mina the band fit in the genre Post- rock/Electronica as they sort of mix it up a bit. If you've heard of Trans Am, To Rococo Rot, Directions in Music, or Kreidler, they will give you some idea of what Mina sound like. Well since you brought up Mina the Italian singer I'd love to learn more about her. I have one not so good jazzy lp by her - but often have heard incredible tunes in 60s Italian films - and do have a track or two worth mentioning on Italian Graffiti compilations. Is she so hard to peg to a style or sound? Any albums worth getting on cd or record? I'm just not so sure what to make of her..... :Patrick -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 17:17:50 EDT From: Will George Subject: Joe DeShannon I'm appealing to the great minds of Spectropop again. Someone has emailed me asking if I know anything about a Joe DeShannon. He has a record, but knows nothing about it or the artist. I told him I'd ask here and I'd surely get an answer. Sorry it's not much to go on... -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 22:39:00 +0100 From: David A Young Subject: Hairspray reviews Okay, I promise, this is my last post about "Hairspray" the musical - although I'll bet others will join in as they get a chance to see it once it hits Broadway in August. The reviews have all been so glowing, I just wanted y'all to know that it's not just me. Here are links to the two major dailies' reviews: And here are the ones from Seattle's two major weeklies: Finally, I enjoyed this insider look at what the "preview" phase of a pre-Broadway show is all about and learning just how finely tuned these things are by the time they hit the Great White Way: Are you convinced yet? David -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 16:45:38 -0400 From: Paul Payton Subject: Scopitones Got this from the Outsider Music group; this specific message goes back to June 12th. I don't know what else she's going to post, so I thought someone here might be curious. Country Paul ----- From: sharpeworld [], 06 /12/02 For the next twelve weeks or so I'll be putting up a "scopitone of the week". There will be a new one every Friday, and since they won't be archived, catch them while they're up! If you don't know what scopitones are, there's currently an explanation in the "grab bag" area of my site. best, jennifer sharpe -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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